Is HHC Stronger Than THC-8?

Written by Lisa Rennie

The cannabis community has been hearing a lot about delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC-8) over recent months, but another compound is seeing plenty of buzz as of late: hexahydrocannabinol (HHC).

THC-8’s recent popularity stems from the cannabinoid milder psychoactive effects compared to the stronger isomer THC-9. Those who are interested in taking advantage of the health effects of cannabis and its compounds may appreciate the similar yet milder euphoric effects of THC-8.

But HHC is gaining some momentum in the world of cannabis. Is this compound stronger than THC-8?


What is HHC?

HHC is a naturally-occurring psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, though it can also be commercially-made from hemp-based CBD in the lab. It is very similar to THC-8 in chemical structure, except for the double bond in each: THC-8 has the double bond at the eighth carbon in the cyclohexane ring, while HHC doesn’t. [1]

Though this chemical difference may seem minor, it makes a notable difference on the experience each compound provides.

HHC is less widely available on the market than THC-8. Since it’s so much more difficult to find, HHC tends to be more expensive than both THCs isomers. HHC exists in such small amounts that it makes extraction less cost-effective.

In terms of legality, HHC is at par with THC-8. Both are currently legal for sale in most states, compared to THC-9, which is only legal in a handful of states that have legalized the use of cannabis.


Is HHC Stronger Than Delta-8 THC?

HHC is slightly more potent than THC-8, though not quite as strong as THC-9. For this reason, HHC makes a good option for those who are looking for something a little more than what THC-8 can provide, though not necessarily to the extent of THC-9.

Understanding the different effects of the various cannabinoids is helpful in terms of customizing one’s experience based on different preferences and needs. Anyone looking for mild psychoactive effects that are just a bit stronger than THC-8, but not quite as potent as THC-9 may find the “sweet spot” with HHC.



[1] J.A.S. Crippa, A.W. Zuardi, J.E.C. Hallak, et al. Oral Cannabidiol Does Not Convert to Δ8-THC or Δ9-THC in Humans: a Pharmacokinetic Study in Healthy Subjects, Cannabis Cannabinoid Res., 5 (2020), 10.1089/can.2019.0024 [Journal impact factor = 4.786 ] [Times cited = 27 ]


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Lisa Rennie

Lisa Simoneli Rennie has been working as a freelance writer for more than a decade, creating unique content dedicated to informing consumers. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with others, and in her spare time, Lisa enjoys trying funky new recipes, spending time with her dog, and of course, reveling in the joy of family.